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No-Fly Zone declared to Finnish archipelago area.

National Bureau of Investigation jointly with other authorities conducting multiple searches of unnamed company's properties over financial crimes. map image: (outzoomed)
Locals and boaters reporting non-stop presence of Finnish Border Guard's helicopters and planes.…
100 police and other authorities participating to raids targeting company premises. Searches expected to take whole weekend. Authorities prepared to stop boats and vessels in the area.…
Financial crimes investigation is a nice door-opener in society governed by law. Searches might yield troves of information on other crimes.

When we get more verified info what company is raided, will comment more.
Company under searches confirmed as "Airiston Helmi" - widely believed to be as a Russian controlled shell company with very little real business. Been buying surplus Finnish navy vessels and properties next to strategic maritime lanes.…
Locals and fishermen report tight security screen, boats approaching search areas stopped for snap questions and escorted. Some pics in this article too…
Eyewitnesses say to regional newspaper that ambulance was used this morning (= likely pre raid) to move balaclava-clad authorities near #airistonhelmi company HQ in Parainen.…
Neighboring farmer of #airistonhelmi company HQ was checking animal fences this morning, got stopped and briefly questioned by balaclava-clad police with assault rifles.…
Two detained over aggravated money laundering and tax evasion suspicions.

Confiscated items "typical of financial crime cases"… #AiristonHelmi
Operation expected to last whole weekend. No-fly zone is up till Monday.
Handy infographics how #AiristonHelmi has bought properties next to strategic sea lanes.
Finnish National Broadcaster YLE tried to film #AiristonHelmi property early 2018. Drone suddenly crashed and when recovered from ice the camera was missing.… via @ViktorRantala
Also Finnish Defence Forces is participating to #airistonhelmi operation. Amount of troops withheld.…
#airistonhelmi HQ investigation ongoing "full steam" - police combing over ex Finnish navy and other vessels at the company pier. Some authorities in camos.

Also couple pics in article…
7pm local time at #airistonhelmi HQ. "Money laundering and tax fraud investigation" in full protective gear. Note, the raid happened already after dawn.

Detail zoom of a pic by Kalle Koponen / , prev tweet has link for the full article with some more pics.
Finnish journalist who's trying to ring a bell for years on #AiristonHelmi wonders how the company got so many exception permits from local authorities for dredging, to build piers, helipads, shelters cut to bedrock (!!) and whatnot that zoning prohibits.…
3rd person detained, 7 questioned. Police says searches going well, will be wrapped up today if nothing unexpected turn up.

HS journalist on site say security cordon already removed from #AiristonHelmi HQ.…
Finnish Prime Minister and President is kept on the loop on #AiristonHelmi operation.…
* are. Sorry ppl I'm actually trying to do this despite the wind
IL interviews two FIN generals anonymously, both say #AiristonHelmi investigation "highly likely" not just abt financial crimes. Possible issues related to national defence likely never revealed. Criminal investigation less provocative than military op.…
Finnish police special TEPO (terror,bomb) squad was present during raid to #AiristonHelmi HQ. blue van with white box cab. Pic by Kalle Koponen…
For some reason couple closing tweets not shown as thread, see here:

Raids are finished for now. Will put a new thread up for aftermath in day or two and link it here too.
Follow-up thread here ... will not be working on it by the hour, expect some delays.
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